Italian start-up Ciao Fly nears fleet decision

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Italian start-up carrier Ciao Fly is nearing a decision on a fleet type as the budget airline prepares to launch operations at the beginning of June this year.

Ciao Fly is intending to commence flights from Parma, southeast of Milan, and Rimini on the Adriatic coast from 1 June. The airline will serve secondary airports near European capital cities in order to benefit from lower landing charges.

A spokesman for the airline says that the carrier is set to decide this week on which type of aircraft to operate. He says the carrier is looking to acquire three aircraft and that the choice is between the Boeing 737 and British Aerospace 146.

Ciao Fly plans to operate to Paris Beauvais, London Luton, Brussels Liege and the Sicilian coastal resort of Catania. Its main service will be on the Parma-Beauvais route, which it will serve twice-daily on weekdays and daily at weekends.

It plans to operate three times a week on four other routes – Parma-Luton, Rimini-Luton, Rimini-Beauvais and Rimini-Liege – and conduct a six-times weekly Rimini-Catania service.

Ciao Fly has not yet disclosed details regarding the carrier’s backers nor its management. The airline, which will operate a ticketless service, is claiming that it will be able to offer fares from €19.